ESPN's Jeff Legwold says "the Broncos will likely split the work in the running game 50-50" between Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. Legwold adds that Gordon "has been more active" as a receiver than Lindsay. We agree that Gordon looks like the much better bet for passing-game work. HC Vic Fangio has lauded the veteran as a 3-down back, while Lindsay has yet to impress as either a receiver or pass blocker. (He has especially struggled in protection.) We certainly also expect a fair amount of rushing work for Lindsay -- but we'd also be pretty surprised if he and Gordon truly split carries evenly. Denver gave Gordon $13.5 million guaranteed on a 2-year contract after Lindsay led the team in rushing each of the past 2 seasons. OC Pat Shurmur's history has also favored a lead RB.
The Broncos have signed RB Melvin Gordon to a 2-year, $16 million deal with $13.5 million guaranteed. He turned down a better offer from another team because he wanted to stay in the same division as the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It was still a seemingly soft market for Gordon, who now checks in as league's 8th highest paid RB in average annual salary. He's a sizable favorite for lead duties in Denver but will share at least some with Phillip Lindsay and/or Royce Freeman. Gordon won't get the same volume he did with the Chargers. Look for him to settle into RB2 territory when our rankings hit the site later this spring.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Thursday or Friday after not being on the injury report at all on Wednesday. Allen appears to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game. We'll look for updates on his availability throughout the weekend and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Allen's absence would leave Mike Williams as Los Angeles' clear #1 WR and would also likely push more targets toward TE Hunter Henry and RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Austin Ekeler will play "a lot" vs. the Broncos this weekend and that RB Melvin Gordon will get a limited workload. The plan makes sense after Gordon held out all summer and September. Plans can change once the game starts, but we're now projecting something close to a 2-to-1 split in favor of Ekeler this week.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Thursday that RB Melvin Gordon is "definitely part of the game plan" against the Broncos this weekend. "He may even start this game," Lynn added. That doesn't tell us a whole lot -- and we're not expecting to have a real good idea of the workload split between Gordon and Austin Ekeler on Sunday. The good news is that both guys could put up nice fantasy outings vs. a Broncos defense sitting 30th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is officially active for today’s game against the Dolphins. Reports on his role have ranged from being used only in an emergency to stepping into Justin Jackson’s role behind Austin Ekeler. We’re projecting just a handful of touches for Gordon, leaving him as a desperation fantasy play.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will be used in an "emergency fashion" only against the Dolphins today. "At the most, he'll get limited snaps," Rapoport adds. That's a bit more pessimistic than the Saturday reports on Gordon's role, but we've never expected him to get more than a handful of touches today. Gordon should only be used in an "emergency fashion" only in fantasy lineups.
USA Today's Mike Jones reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to play a "limited snap count" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Chargers insider Eric Williams believes Gordon could play a similar role to the one Justin Jackson played over the past 3 weeks. Jackson averaged 6 carries and 2.7 targets on a 30% snap rate. That's a bit more than we're projecting Gordon to play -- and even Jackson's role would make Gordon a long shot fantasy play.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears there's a "good chance" Chargers RB Melvin Gordon plays against the Dolphins on Sunday. This has quickly gone from "not playing" to "maybe playing" to "probably playing." Rapoport confirms that RB Justin Jackson's calf injury is the reason for the Chargers' change of plans. Gordon is "not quite ready yet to be the bell cow ... but certainly is ready physically, from what I understand, to come in and get some carries," Rapoport says. We'd be surprised if Gordon got more than 5-8 touches this weekend after just reporting to the team on Thursday. It leaves him as just a fantasy flier. RB Austin Ekeler remains a high-end RB1 for 1 more week.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Melvin Gordon could play a "limited role" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Lynn had previously said that Gordon wouldn't play, so this seems to be a reaction to RB Justin Jackson's calf injury. Gordon just reported on Thursday, and it wouldn't make much sense to throw him out there in a game the Chargers can win without him. We'll continue to monitor the situation, but Gordon shouldn't be in Week 4 fantasy lineups. Austin Ekeler remains an elite fantasy play.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn confirmed Thursday that RB Melvin Gordon will "go back to #1" on the depth chart "as soon as he's ready." That's not a major surprise considering Gordon has been an effective workhorse for the Chargers the past 3 seasons. We're still curious to see exactly what kind of role he plays in Week 5 and beyond, though. Gordon averaged 17.4 carries and 5.0 targets per game across 2016 to 2018.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is ending his holdout and reporting to the team tomorrow, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon won't play against the Dolphins this weekend but could be ready for Week 5. We'll look for reports on what kind of shape he's in -- and then how the Chargers plan to divvy backfield work between Gordon and Austin Ekeler. Ekeler has been great through 3 weeks, but don't forget that Gordon has finished as a top 8 fantasy RB in each of the past 3 seasons.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout "could soon be coming to an end." Gordon had been planning to re-join the team at some point in October but "could soon be moving up his reporting date." We'll continue to keep a close eye on this. Gordon obviously needs to be rostered in all fantasy leagues. And while Austin Ekeler will maintain a role when Gordon returns, it might not be a bad idea to explore sell-high trade opportunities.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's "current plan is to report in the window that spans from Week 6 through Week 8." Gordon needs to report by Week 10 to make this season count toward his eligibility for free agency in the spring. That means at least starter duty for RB Austin Ekeler for at least a third of the season, and potentially half the year or more. We'll start seeing today how big a share RB Justin Jackson will get. He certainly belongs on rosters in nearly all fantasy football leagues as well.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco told reporters during a Sunday conference call that the team has suspended contract-extension talks with RB Melvin Gordon until after the season. That doesn't seem to help the chances of Gordon reporting to the team anytime soon. Of course, moving on to another team via trade would change that situation. Drafters should continue pushing Gordon down the board this week until/unless something changes. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, meanwhile, have only gained draft value this week.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers have given permission to RB Melvin Gordon's representatives to seek a trade. That obviously doesn't bode well for Gordon and the team working something out to get him back for the season. We'll see whether it can get him onto someone else's field soon. If you're drafting this weekend, Gordon carries plenty of risk anywhere inside the 1st 5 rounds. This news certainly doesn't hurt the value of Austin Ekeler or Justin Jackson, though.
"Expect [Melvin] Gordon to end his holdout in time to be on the Week 1 roster." That's from ESPN's Eric Williams' latest 53-man roster projection for the Chargers. It qualifies as the most optimistic report on Gordon we've heard in a while. He obviously remains a high-risk fantasy pick. But with an ADP now in the 4th round, Gordon could be a league-winner if he reports before the season opener.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout is now expected to last into the regular season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Contract talks have not progressed as he hoped," Rapoport says. "The relationship between Gordon and the Chargers is fine. There's a mutual respect. There's just a disagreement over the value of Gordon." We're still 2-and-a-half week away from the start of the season, so we're not convinced that Gordon is a lock to miss games at this point. But with seemingly little progress being made on a new contract, the odds of him sitting out games is certainly growing. Gordon's ADP has sunk into the 4th round in recent fantasy drafts.
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